Klein 6 in 1 Ratcheting Stubby Screwdriver

By Jim Nadeau

Klein 6 in 1 Ratcheting Stubby Screwdriver Tool Review How many screwdrivers are in your everyday tool bag?  How much does that tool bag already weigh?  There are currently 8 in my everyday tool bag and probably another dozen in tool box that never comes out of my van.  The Klein 6 in 1 Ratcheting…

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Ridgid Cordless 18V 7/8 in. SDS-Plus Rotary Hammer Drill

By Jim Nadeau

Ridgid Cordless 18V 7/8 in. SDS-Plus Rotary Hammer Drill Tool Review The first Hammer drill was produced in 1932 by Bosh and shortly after Milwaukee came out with their own in 1935.  However the first rotary hammer drill was the Hilti TE-17 produced in 1967.  50 years later we have some incredible tools out their…

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Vampires Long Nose Screw Extraction Pliers

By Jim Nadeau

Vampires Long Nose Screw Extraction Pliers Tool Review The first time I held Vampires Long Nose Screw Extraction Pliers it reminded me of an apprentice I had years ago.  He hadn’t figured out that his screw gun was variable speed yet, it was either fully engaged at high speed or off.  Unfortunately for me this…

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Oblique Angle Clamping Jig

By Stan Durlacher

Clamping Jig for Oblique and Odd Angle Joints I nicknamed my Oblique Angle Clamping Jig, ‘lollipops.’ for their unique shape and for want of a better name. This type of jig is not something I claim to have thought up or created. In fact, I have seen similar metal ones in catalogs and in high-priced woodworker stores…

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Pareto Principle for Small Business

By Robert Robillard

The 80/20 Rule For Small Business Contractor I want to talk about a useful analysis that I use in my remodeling business, it’s called the 80/20 rule. If you’ve studied business or economics, you’re probably familiar with the Pareto Principle. Pareto was born in Italy in 1848 and went on to become an important philosopher and economist.…

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Installing Snow Melting Mats

By Michael Hopp

Warmup Snow Melting Mats Review Winter in New England brings snow, ice and a sled load of safety issues to your driveway and walkways.  With Snow Melting Mats, old man winter is an issue of the past.  Snow melting mats can be placed under asphalt, concrete and pavers. Installing Warmup Snow Melting Mats We use Warmup…

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Building A Sliding Barn Door

By Robert Robillard

Building and Installing a Sliding Door Today it seems like every home décor magazine and Pinterest board is covered with sliding barn door ideas. Whether it’s a modern, industrial-style door or a more rustic, country design, or something in between, I am seeing more and more interest in this trend from clients. Sliding barn doors…

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Milwaukee Hole Hawg Vs DeWalt Flexvolt Joist Drill

By Jim Nadeau

  Milwaukee Hole Hawg Vs DeWalt Flexvolt Joist Drill I am asked almost every time I’m seen using the DeWalt 60v Flexvolt Joist Drill or the Milwaukee M18 Fuel Hole Hawg which one I prefer and how I would compare the two tools. As a side note, Milwaukee also has a larger version more geared toward…

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